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7 Household Chores Pregnant Women Should Avoid



oi-Amritha K

Being pregnant doesn’t mean you have to sit on your hands all day – just like rest, moving your body is just as important during this time, just that you have to be very careful of that little you inside your belly.

Women gain a lot of weight during pregnancy, which requires a rebalancing of their body because the weight is concentrated in one area – the belly. It is therefore difficult for pregnant women to move around. Exhaustion can cause you to wonder if you should do all your household chores.

While pregnant, you can do most household chores safely, but some should be avoided. Here’s what you should and shouldn’t do; and how heavy housework affects your health during pregnancy.

Household Chores Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Housework to avoid during pregnancy

1. Moving furniture or carrying heavy objects

Any task involving lifting or moving a heavy object should be avoided during the first trimester. These chores can increase the risk of back injuries and fatigue. Also, due to hormonal changes during pregnancy, the hard tissues in your joints and pelvic floor become loose, increasing the risk of injury. [1].

2. Standing for an extended period

You should avoid any task that requires you to stand for an extended period of time. Following these tips is especially important when most women suffer from fatigue or morning sickness. Long periods of standing can cause swelling and back pain due to the pressure on your feet. Take frequent breaks when cooking and avoid standing for long periods [2].

3. Tasks requiring bending

When pregnant, you should avoid tasks that require you to bend over, such as mopping the floor, washing clothes, and mopping the floor. This is because weight gain during pregnancy can cause the body’s center of gravity to shift marginally, making bending during pregnancy dangerous for the sciatic nerve (which runs from the lower back to the leg). Therefore, you should stop immediately if you feel uncomfortable while performing a task. [3].

4. Tasks involving climbing or balance

Climbing on the stool or the ladder is not a good idea when you are carrying the weight of another living being within you. Extra weight can affect your coordination and throw you off balance. In addition, it is possible that it could harm the baby, leading to premature delivery or premature separation of the placenta. Therefore, for your safety and that of your baby, you should ask for help when performing such tasks. [4].

Household Chores Pregnant Women Should Avoid

5. Use Harsh Chemicals

Piperonyl butoxide, a chemical commonly used in insecticides, may harm fetal brain development during pregnancy. To avoid pregnancy-related complications, avoid using insecticides and other cleaning products. Instead, look for natural products that are free of harsh, toxic chemicals when shopping. [5].

6. Hanging curtains and cleaning fans

It is risky to perform this task even if you are not pregnant. There is a risk of falling off the ladder and losing your balance. If you have an expanding stomach, tight back, and general loss of balance, you need to cut this chore off your to-do list, even if you don’t have anyone to help you.

7. Cleaning the litter box

Cats tend to carry the Toxoplasma gondii parasite, which can be passed on to the person cleaning the cat’s feces. As a result, you risk getting infections that harm your pregnancy.

You should wear gloves, a nose and mouth mask, and preferably a coat to protect your clothes from contamination by germs if you don’t have someone to help you clean the litter box. To ensure your safety, wash thoroughly after [6].

Household Chores Pregnant Women Should Avoid

Is it safe to do household chores during pregnancy?

The answer is quite simple – you have to balance work and rest in order to avoid the stress of pregnancy. Although hard work is risky, the opposite is just as unhealthy. Pregnancy can also be affected by a sedentary lifestyle. Therefore, it is generally safe to perform most household chores [7][8].

On a final note…

Most household activities can be done during the first months of pregnancy. However, some household chores should be avoided during early pregnancy as they can put excessive strain on the body and potentially harm the unborn child. Pregnant women’s stress hormones increase when performing repetitive or monotonous tasks.

Article first published: Friday, July 29, 2022, 2:41 p.m. [IST]